1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

getting a hen to go broody

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Chicken Bff, Jun 5, 2016.

  1. Chicken Bff

    Chicken Bff Out Of The Brooder

    227
    8
    41
    May 20, 2016
    Missiouri
    I have some rir hens and some pr hens any ideas on how to get them broody being that there a petty unbroody breed
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

    10,107
    1,834
    376
    Mar 27, 2012
    Vermont
    My Coop
    Unfortunately there is no way to make a hen go broody. You can do things to encourage the behavior such as not collecting eggs and leaving them in the nesting boxes, but with Rhode Island Reds the chances are slim. The broodines was purposefully bred out of them so that production would be higher. I won't say that it won't happen, since I've even had a sex link go broody once, but it is very rare. I'm not sure what breed you are referring to by pr, Partridge Rock? If so those actually do go broody so there's a good chance one of those will sit for you, but I wouldn't count on the Rhode Island Reds.
     
  3. Chicken Bff

    Chicken Bff Out Of The Brooder

    227
    8
    41
    May 20, 2016
    Missiouri
    production reds
     
  4. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

    10,107
    1,834
    376
    Mar 27, 2012
    Vermont
    My Coop

    Okay, yes, those are bred to not be broody as well. If you don't want to invest in an incubator I'd suggest you get a hen from a breed know to be broody, such as a cochin, silkie, or orpington, etc.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by